An orderly queue is starting to form for the Volkswagen Amarok W580 special edition.
The locally-developed model – a partnership with Volkswagen Australia and the Walkinshaw Automotive Group, formerly the parent company of Holden Special Vehicles – is due in local showrooms from April 2021.
Although price is yet to be announced, Volkswagen Australia says it has received more than 1500 sales leads via its website in less than a week – and dealers have put their hands up for 950 of the first 1000 to be built.
A number of customer deposits have already been received, however the company declined to nominate exactly how many.
Volkswagen Australia is yet to announce final pricing and specifications, however dealers have been advised there will be two model grades, one priced about $72,000 and another about $80,000.
Although the Volkswagen Amarok W580 has no extra power or torque (190kW or 200kW on overboost, and 580NNm) due to the time and cost of a new round of emissions testing, an overhauled suspension and tyre package promises new levels of grip.
The national marketing and product manager for Volkswagen Australia’s commercial vehicle division Nick Reid said: “It’s been amazing from our perspective, a lot of positive feedback. Launching the week before Bathurst there were also a lot of questions of Walkinshaw up at the mountain on the weekend.”
Mr Reid said the bulk of the first 1000 cars to be built in 2021 have been allocated to dealers.
“Our dealers are telling us there are plenty of enquires, and some have already taken orders with holding deposits,” said Mr Reid.
The race is on, too, for the first 30 utes which can only be ordered online – but come with a race track experience with Walkinshaw Andretti United V8 Supercars team.
Although VW says it has not tallied the total orders received by dealers so far, the online portal will go live in early December, with the exact date to be announced.
“There’s already a bit of a scramble for the first 30, but if customers who have already placed a deposit also apply online, of course they can later put the dealer deposit towards the same car.”
The last time Volkswagen Australia sold a car online – the VW California special edition camper van – the first 30 examples sold out in nine hours.
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